How Medical Tablets Reduce Errors in Busy Environments

6-ways-purpose-built-medical-tablets-make-hospitals-safer-for-patientsAny urgent or emergency care facility is a fast paced environment, with people in the hallways, patients being moved from one area to another, shift changes, and more. The influx of extra patients during the chaotic holiday season can make it even more difficult to keep track of patient care and medical professional responsibilities from the ambulance to the ICU.

When doctors and nurses have a hard time keeping track of everyone because they are so busy, high end medical tablets can help keep everything more focused and on-target, from admissions to emergency care for monitoring and patient care. Tablets can be assigned to a floor, a room, a bed, or a patient; handed off from specialist to resident to nurse and used to immediately update the mainframe with new patient data.

Overworked, under supported medical professionals who pull double or triple shifts with regularity can and do make an occasional error, especially when using outdated forms of note taking and record keeping which lead to simple errors, missed dosing, incorrect data entry, or duplication of notes. Rugged medical tablets provide health professionals with the ability to instantly add notes to a patient’s file, update their status, register medicine dosages and times, and relay information to others on the medical team.

Patient confidentiality is protected with tablets which allow access only b approved personnel and can vary level of access depending on the role of the person working with the patient. Accidental sharing of sensitive data is automatically reduced, and patient files can be simultaneously updated at will and kept from prying eyes. Access to the patient themselves can also be restricted as needed, or special directions left that are visible to everyone with the most basic level of access to their information.

A tablet or all-in-one medical computer system allows for portability or stationary use, and hot-swappable batteries provide for uninterrupted care. Anti-bacterial cases help reduce the risk of germ transmission, and fanless design makes rugged tablets the ideal device for hazardous environments. Touch screens on either type of device make going from screen to screen easy, and large faced tablets or all-in-ones provide ready viewing of patient files or scan results and can be used bedside to improve patient care and while informing and educating.  

Patient care improves exponentially when patient records are both protected adequately while still being accessible to a wide range of professionals. When both a resident and a specialist can view files in real time without depending on being on the same floor, patient consults are streamlined, and fast-tracked and patient outcomes can improve.  

Rugged tablets are the ideal device for a chaotic healthcare setting, and can revolutionize both patient care and practitioner experience.

Portable Rugged Tablets are a Game Changer for Emergency Medicine

FR1The emergency medical industry is in desperate need of better and faster portable devices that can help them save lives when minutes count. In the clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital, medical tablets are becoming a common sight. Now rugged tablets are changing the ER and in the field emergency response by providing connectivity, reliability, and real time communications for better patient care.

With the portability and functionality of a tablet, emergency response teams can easily take all the information they need with them from ambulance to patient side and back again. This portability means having access to real time instructions form the hospital and even access to patient files if available via compliant devices that secure patient privacy while allowing immediate access to vital information required to save lives.

Once a patient is placed in the ambulance, the tablet can work even harder, analyzing data from various devices used to monitor and track the patient’s condition, and syncing all information on the patient with the receiving hospital and the medical team that will take over care. Doctors awaiting patient arrival can create plans for treatment before the patient enters the ER bay, and spring into action to provide immediate, accurate and effective care.

Tablet cameras can be used to document patient condition, care, and progress from field to ambulance and through hand off to the next medical team. RFID and bar code scanners can be utilized to track patient ID tags and equipment inventory tags, and provide a simplified mode of collaborative effort, passed from emergency tech to doctor or nurse and back again once information is transferred securely to the hospital network.

When in a patient’s home for a well check or an emergency call that ends up not requiring transport, medical tablets can also be used by response teams to gather information, document the incident, and transmit information to the correct medical practitioner, clinic, hospital or professional overseeing the patient’s home care. This is particularly valuable in hospice situations when transport to a medical center is not wished but patient care must be tracked diligently and the incident documented to leave a clear record of events.

From the field to the ambulance to the hospital and back to the field, medical tablets are becoming the primary tool emergency technicians will depend on for the foreseeable future.

 

How Rugged Medical Tablets are Leading to Ambulances of the Future

How Rugged Medical Tablets are Revolutionizing Emergency Medical Service...The innovative, portable design of rugged medical tablets makes them the perfect fit for use by emergency medical professionals both in and out of ambulance settings. A mobile medical tablet can allow emergency response teams to quickly and efficiently access the information they need, determine best courses of action, and administer life-saving care while en route. An added bonus with the security and connectivity afforded by medical tablets and their massive processing power is the ability to communicate in real time and share vital patient information to better patient care.

Hospitals and private companies have moved digital record-keeping, and tablets have facilitated that shift, increasing their compatibility with electronic health records (EHR) systems and providing ways for patient data to be safely, securely and swiftly shared between medical professionals in the field and at the hospital.

Across Europe, ambulances are run by the Red Cross to keep communication constant and consistent between the first responders and the hospital, so when they are bringing a patient in they can quickly access information on the patient. This means digital paperwork can be done on the fly, as the team can get ready to transfer the patient into the hospital with ease, hand off the necessary information, and get on to the next emergency.

In the US, with privacy concerns at the forefront of medical professionals’ minds just behind saving lives, secure medical data devices such as rugged medical tablets allow them to do their job with ease while preserving patient privacy. Mobile devices can go from hand-held to ambulance mounted, providing responders with the vital information they need to treat patients safely.

As more and more medical service providers digitize and make patient information readily available to authorized health professionals, patient outcomes increase positively as well, with lives saved in the field and en route thanks to up to date information that can help relieve the lack of a medical bracelet or knowledge of a patient’s medical history, medication regimen or any possible allergies or counter indications for care.

Mobile devices with cameras, and larger mounted screens in the vehicles can allow first responders to pull up data on patients, update existing files, record new information, view images and video, and communicate important real time information on a patient to doctors waiting at the hospital. Being able to send an image of a specific wound site can help experienced professionals and specialists assist emergency teams in keeping patients alive until they reach the facility for further treatment.

These mobile and mountable device options have revolutionized how EMS/EMT professionals do their jobs and are revolutionizing how ambulances themselves are part of patient care. Real time connectivity, mobility, and access to data as well as visual transmission can benefit ambulance workers and outcomes in both urban and rural areas, and rugged tablets are definitely a driving force in the journey towards the future of personalized patient care and medical mobility.

 

What Are the Benefits of Medical Tablets with Hot-Swap Batteries?

5-Reasons-More-Healthcare-Professionals-than-Ever-Choose-Medical-Tablets...In the medical field, seconds can count when lives are on the line. Having devices that deliver real time updates, mobility, and long lasting battery life can mean the difference between a patient save and a loss in the field, in an ambulance, or in an ER.  Rugged medical tablet computers with hot-swappable batteries increase the productivity of and effectiveness of emergency response technicians, ambulance medics, nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals on a daily basis.

Medical tablet computers can replace a variety of other necessary devices. Instead of four pieces of equipment plus a communications device, medical tablets can go from hand held to vehicle mount in seconds, and hot-swappable batteries ensure they don’t fade out just when they are needed most. From the ambulance to the ER to the ICU, medical tablets are changing the face of medicine.

What does hot-swappable mean?

A medical tablet or other computing device equipped with hot-swappable batteries allows users to switch out the battery while the device is “hot”, or in-use, without loss of connectivity or power. Instead of requiring a cord to plug into or precious moments lost to downtime, doctors, nurses and medical teams in the field can stay on task and simply swap the battery on the go. No data will be lost, no time wasted, and a patient’s life could be saved thanks to the speed and continuity of care.

What about cost efficiency?

Formerly, doctors and nurses would have to simply wait for a charge, find an outlet to plug into, or swap the entire device for a charged one then log back in and find the data they were using. With a hot-swappable battery, medical professionals don’t need to switch out their tablet for another one and ambulances and hospitals don’t have to double up on tablets – just batteries. The result is lower cost and better efficiency. A fast, seamless battery swap, and work continues as normal.

What about mounting options?

Medical tablet computers can be mounted on a medical cart, in a vehicle, or to a wall. With a hot-swappable battery system in place, tablets can be set on a mount and taken handheld as needed, instead of being tethered to a charger. For emergency situations, a tablet can track a patient through their entire journey of care, going from floor to floor and diagnostic room to treatment room or operating theater.

What about real time information?

Every person on a patient’s health care team will have the latest information ready on hand at all times, with updates instantly delivered to all tablets and devices from the centralized system, and any data entered by health professionals instantly added to the main database. If a tablet needs a new battery, there’s no need to stop and save data – just hot-swap and continue.

What about EHR compatibility?

Rugged medical tablets are also Electronic Health Records (EHR) compatible. Medical tablet computers can be synced to EHR systems, for fewer health tech errors, and faster, more complete data availability. Nurses and doctors can access information, digitize records, and share important patient information with specialists safely and securely over closed networks.

Medical tablet computers and hot-swappable batteries are just one way modern technology is improving the field of medicine and advancing patient care. Mobility and communications are key, and medical tablets provide these and more to professionals in all areas of treatment and care.

 

How Medical Tablet Technology is Driving Military and Veteran Health Care

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Medical tablet technology is taking medical care for military personnel and veterans to a new level. Medical tablets are portable, can be connected easily to systems to access electronic health records and lab results, and can track medication schedules and patient compliance with their treatment plan.

In the field, mobile medical tablets can provide a fast way to access medical information about a sick or wounded service-member, leading to better outcomes with real time evaluation supported by medical base staff.

In military hospitals, tablets can be assigned to a bed or a patient, and be accessed and updated in real time by all members of the medical team. Tablets can also provide patient infotainment, which can be beneficial for patients with anxiety and deliver much needed information about their health and care in an easy to absorb format.

Telehealth in the VA is being driven by rugged medical tablets which can be used from anywhere, delivering a way to reach patients in remote and rural areas and provide means for doctors, nurses, and health care professionals to maintain contact with those who need to be monitored without admittance to a facility or the need for constant transportation for outpatient observation.

Rugged tablets for medicine can be safe and secure enough to satisfy the most rigid HIPPA requirements, with CAC access and two step verification if required. Different members of the medical care team can access what they are cleared to view, while specialists and lab technicians can remotely send updates securely to the doctor of record and collaborate on patient care.

The advantages of mobility in medical care cannot be ignored. Veterans and currently in-theater service members can both benefit from improved access to medical professionals and telemedicine makes it possible for even soldiers on assignment in remote locals to receive help.

Civilian first responders can also use rugged tablets to help coordinate veteran care with clinics, hospitals, and VA doctors when a patient is unable to be transported to the appropriate VA facility, with information provided in real time as to the patient’s medical history, service related conditions, and more.

All in one medical tablets flawlessly combine healthcare and IT with patient infotainment, patient tracking, HER access, records and imaging and test results, and can be expected to provide even better care to military service members and veterans in the months and years to come.